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All photos by Abdulla Almesleh

A new photography exhibition that highlights portraits of Qatar at dusk and dawn has opened at Katara Cultural Village.

The photos were shot by award-winning photographer Abdulla Al-Mesleh, who said he spent took countless hours capturing the best images.

The “blue” hour refers to the time before sunrise and the period after sunset. And the “golden” hour comes after the sun comes up or before it goes down.

Abdulla Almesleh

Qatar in the golden hour

Speaking to Doha News, Al-Mesleh said he was inspired to take the photos because colorful sky scenes make him reflect on the beauty of God’s creation.

“The other reason which keeps me determined to shoot is my love of nature – I love spending hours & hours outside the city,” he said.

He added that contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t take photos by drone. Rather, he requests access to the rooftops of tall skyscrapers.

The exhibition will be open at Katara’s Building 18 through April 13. The hours are from the morning to 10pm daily.

Thoughts?

Ben Gould

Lightning over The Pearl on 19 March 2017

Qatar’s residents have gotten used to rainy weather of late, but last night’s thunder and lightning was still something special.

As Doha’s skies lit up just before 9pm last night, many residents stepped outdoors to capture the moment.

“The lightning lasted for probably 20 minutes,” Ben Gould who was over at the Pearl-Qatar told Doha News.

“It’s a cliché to say, it but it WAS amazing and it’s the first time I’ve really focused on the sky for any length of time and the lightning was coming in thick and fast,” he added.

Meanwhile, fellow resident Susie Billings shared this image on Twitter of lightning appearing to strike earth in the distance:

And Rhonda Allam took this video from her table at Damasca One in Souq Waqif:

This morning, Pearl resident Anna said that she’d spotted some damage following the storm:

Rain was forecast in Qatar through Tuesday, including thunderstorms tonight.

But after a tumultuous few days, the meteorology department said to expect “slight dust and partly cloudy with weak chance of light scattered rain at places at first” tomorrow.

Did you take any photos or videos last night? We’d love to see them! Thoughts?

All photos by Ray Toh

It’s been a soggy week of play for the international athletes in town for the Qatar Total Open.

Despite two days of canceled matches due to rain, the tournament reaches the quarterfinals stage today.

Among the players who have advanced this far are World No. 2 Angelique Kerber of Germany, World No. 5 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and in a surprise upset, Shuai Zhang of China.

The 28-year-old defeated World No.7 and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

Crowds were pretty thin at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex this week due to the rain.

But they will likely pick up heading into the weekend and finals, which are on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Do you plan to go? Thoughts?